Big Bad John
All aboard one of the family-favorite attractions at Magic Springs! Three lift hills propel your journey on this runaway mine train adventure across 3,500 feet of track twisting and turning through some of the park’s most beautiful scenery. At three minutes in duration, this coaster is our longest trip, reaching heights of 50 feet and a speed of 30 mph in a screeching tunnel finale plunging you into darkness before returning back to the station to collect the next group of anxious thrill-seekers.
Big Bad John is a runaway mine train named after the legend of 19th century American folk hero, John Henry. It opened at Magic Springs in the 2002 season to much fanfare including media on-hand to capture a ride taken by Governor Mike Huckabee and his wife, Janet, with park officials. Since that time, hundreds of thousands of riders have been down this track and it remains one of the most-loved attractions at the park.
It is available to riders at a height of at least 42”.
Important Guest Information Regarding Attractions
For your safety, rides have height, weight and size restrictions. Seating safety devices must close as intended by the ride manufacturer. Many children can ride several of our adult rides. We recommend that you have your child’s height measured at Guest Relationsupon arrival. Ride height restrictions are subject to change without notice.
Safety of all guests is our top priority. Guests who appear to be intoxicated or impaired by alcohol or drugs will not be allowed on the rides and attractions at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park. In addition, shirts, shorts, and shoes must be worn to ride all attractions outside of the Water Park.
Certain rides and attractions, including new rides, may not be open at all times due to maintenance, weather and/or other circumstances.